Aouar and Pepe the latest young talents to emerge in France

Published 10:46 p.m. ET Dec. 16, 2018

PARIS (AP) — The French league has long had a reputation for producing some of the soccer stars of tomorrow. They learn their trade in flourishing French academies before rising to prominence in bigger European leagues.

And two more are thriving this season — Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Lille striker Nicolas Pepe.

Both scored for their clubs on Sunday to further cement their burgeoning reputations.


Lyon’s prolific academy is one of the best in Europe, with the likes of Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich) and…

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